The UK government needs to define its goals and the scope of its involvement in a campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Iran funds a large network of armed groups across the Middle East as part of its ambition to replace the US as regional power.
The airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen has been justified by the US and UK as being in ‘self defence’.
The Biden administration has calibrated its strikes so as not to provoke a wider armed conflict in the region.
Iran prefers to engage Israel through its proxies, but the risk of escalation makes this a dangerous strategy.
The US and UK strikes on the Houthis will have limited impact on the group’s Red Sea attacks – and could cause Middle East tensions to spiral out of control.
Since the outset of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, the West has aimed to prevent the conflict from escalating regionally. But strikes on the Houthis in Yemen by the U.S. and the U.K. may ensure it will.
The Houthis have found legitimacy through their actions, which will make them even harder to dislodge from power.
Iran’s role in the recent conflict between Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah shows how badly western containment policy has failed.
One of the biggest consequences of insecurity in the Red Sea is a significant increase in the cost of global trade.
The raid follows warnings from Washington to cease attacks in the Red Sea − but it could serve to strengthen rebels and reignite civil war.
The Houthis have taken over much of northern Yemen, since they stormed the capital, Sanaa in 2014.
The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have the power to significantly destabilise global trade by endangering maritime activity in the Red Sea.
A US-led naval taskforce has deployed in the Red Sea and is considering strikes on rebel positions in Yemen.
The Houthis are not mere Iranian proxies in the war. Their support for the Palestinians is also aimed at garnering domestic and international support for the group’s position in Yemen.
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Missiles from rebel Yemeni groups risk widening the Middle East conflict. But the motivation behind the attacks could be more about self-interest.
An analysis of over 1,000 headlines shows key differences in how US media portray the aggressors and victims in the two conflicts.
The US administration said that it had received ‘written assurances’ from Ukraine that it would use cluster bombs carefully. Nonetheless, the munition will provide an additional risk to civilians.
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